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Distinguished Visitors

Through a series of public lectures and programs, the Gary L. McDowell Institute brings in some of the world's leading voices in the areas of constitutionalism, political economy, politics, and ethical reasoning. The list of distinguished visitors includes top diplomats, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, and renowned historians, ethicists, and political scientists.

Visitors include:

  • Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright, president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
  • John Bolton, former assistant to the president for National Security Affairs (NSA) and former ambassador to the United Nations. He also served as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, assistant United States attorney general for legislative affairs and general counsel for the United States Agency for International Development.
  • Václav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic
  • Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, emerita, Harvard University, and a former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See
  • Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books
  • Glyn Davies, principal deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Davies is a career diplomat who has served at American embassies and consulates in London, Paris, Kinshasa, and Melbourne, as deputy spokesman of the Department of State, and as director of the Foreign Affairs Crisis Management Office.
  • Harvey Mansfield Jr., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and professor of political philosophy, Harvard University. His influential book "Taming the Prince: The Ambivalence of Modern Executive Power" was the subject of a 2009 conference sponsored by the Marshall Center.
  • Mary P. Nichols, retired professor of political science, Baylor University
  • Gordon Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Radicalism of the American Revolution" and winner of the Bancroft Prize for his book "The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787." He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books and The New Republic.
  • Sir David Cannadine, a renowned British historian who has been called "one of the most thoughtful, original, incisive, and readable historians of our time."
  • Colleen Sheehan, professor of political science and director of The Matthew J. Ryan Center, Villanova University
  • William Galston, a former policy adviser to President Clinton and other presidential candidates who currently serves as the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow - Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns and elections.
  • Terry Eastland, contributing editor of The Weekly Standard and an accomplished journalist who worked in the Reagan administration as a speechwriter and as director of public affairs for Attorney General Edwin Meese. He currently serves as a senior fellow in the Center for Equal Opportunity at The Federalist Society.